WHO IS REMI?
Democratic Candidate For South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
I am a born and raised South Dakotan, a combat veteran, Mnicoujou Lakota of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a husband and a father. Over my lifetime, I have served the people of South Dakota and the Nation in various capacities.
My life, military and professional experiences make me the best candidate to lead South Dakota into a great future and will add a strong advantage in deliberating challenges of the Public Utilities Commission.
22 Year Army Veteran
South Dakota Native
Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator - Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
I joined the United States Army right after high school and served with the Army Engineer Regiment for a span of 22 years. During my military service, I was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Combat Engineer, and I served in South Korea as well. At times, I was called upon to assist with in-person deliberations between tribal leaders in Iraq and Afghanistan. This broadened my world view and allowed me the ability to see things from diverse perspectives. My military career shaped me into a proven leader.
While in college, I worked as a field supervisor managing numerous utility projects which often involved addressing environmental concerns such as cleaning up oil spills on both land and water. During this time I also supervised the clean-up of transformer and electrical yards to mitigate polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oils that can contaminate the environment.
Currently, I serve the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe as the Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator. In this position, I act as the liaison between Federal, State and Tribal governments. This role has allowed me a greater understanding of government and tribal relations.
My strong support of U.S. veterans runs deep, and I serve as Vice-Commander of Legion Post 308 in Eagle Butte. I am also Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
On several occasions, I have served as a guest speaker on energy challenges, environmental protection, socioeconomic issues impacting South Dakota and government advocacy.
Furthermore, I have always had a strong interest in establishing clean, sustainable energy systems that would maximize South Dakota resources and benefit all South Dakotans.
Last and most importantly, my family, my wife and daughter, are my greatest treasures and I’m grateful for their presence in my life.